With many of us staying in our houses more than normal this winter, it can be easy for those energy bills to creep up. Whether you are working from home, or planning cosy days in for the family, take a look at our top tips for keeping your home toasty without breaking the bank.
The quality of your home’s insulation is integral to preserving heat produced from your central heating system. About 1/3rd of heating loss is through the walls. If you do not already have cavity wall insulation, it is an investment that could save you hundreds of pounds every year. Roughly 25% of heating loss is through the roof. Keep the insulation in your roof or loft space maintained and at a good thickness, we recommend an ideal depth of 270mm to minimise the heat loss and maximise your energy savings.
Turn Off, Don’t Leave on Standby
Little bits add up when it comes to leaving gadgets and appliances on standby. Televisions, games consoles, laptops chargers and music amplifiers left on standby or sleep mode continue to use electricity that increases your bill. Energy Saving Trust estimate that the average UK household spends £30 per year leaving devices on standby. Create a tick list of everyday electricals that you often leave turned on and tick off each one as you unplug, you’ll notice the savings at the end of the month!
Despite the weather being cold and grey, the sun can still provide warmth and light to your home on the darkest of days. Utilise natural light through south-facing windows to heat and brighten up the room organically, preventing the need for turning on the heating or main lights until later in the day.
Be Smart With Your Radiators
By being clever with your central heating system, you can save a massive amount of energy by only heating the days, rooms, and times that you need. Suggestions that leaving your heating on low all day will save money are myths, and will actually increase your heating bill, find out more energy savings myths here. Use a timer to trigger your heating to come on in the morning or evening and give it some time off during the day when you are up and about. The valves on your radiators can be used to target rooms that you need heated, such as the living room or bathroom, and reduce wasted energy lost in rooms that are not being used.
Keep Your Boiler Well-Maintained
A faulty or inefficient boiler can massively reduce the effectiveness of your central heating system. By getting your boiler serviced annually, you can ensure that your house will be warm when you need it, and your boiler will be working at it best. While it may not affect your energy bill, you can also avoid a potentially hefty boiler repair bill by making sure any issues are addressed sooner before they become big problems.
Consider a boiler upgrade
Keeping an old boiler in place may feel like it’s saving you money, but it can often be expensive to run. Boilers are given energy ratings and a modern A-rated boiler is a more efficient solution than an old inefficient boiler, saving you money in the long run. For example, a new A-rated condensing boiler with a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator controls could save you over £300 in heating bills every year. See https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/advice/boilers/ for more.